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Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy : Lessing: Philosophical and Theological Writings - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy

Lessing: Philosophical and Theological Writings

Hardcover Published: 21st March 2005
ISBN: 9780521831208
Number Of Pages: 262

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-81), thinker, dramatist and controversialist of many-sided interests, is the most representative figure of the German Enlightenment. His defence of Spinoza, who had traditionally been condemned as an atheist, provoked a major controversy in philosophy, and his publication of H. S. Reimarus' radical assault on Christianity led to fundamental changes in Protestant theology. This volume presents the most comprehensive collection to date in English of Lessing's philosophical and theological writings, several of which are here translated for the first time. They are edited and translated by H. B. Nisbet, who also provides an introduction that sets them in their historical and philosophical contexts.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Chronologyp. viii
Further readingp. xi
Note on texts and translationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Philosophical and theological writingsp. 23
The Christianity of reason (c. 1753)p. 25
On the reality of things outside God (1763)p. 30
Spinoza only put Leibniz on the track of [his theory of] pre-established harmony (1763)p. 32
On the origin of revealed religion (1763 or 1764)p. 35
Leibniz on eternal punishment (1773)p. 37
[Editorial commentary on the 'Fragments' of Reimarus, 1777]p. 61
On the proof of the spirit and of power (1777)p. 83
The Testament of St John (1777)p. 89
A rejoinder (1778)p. 95
A parable (1778)p. 110
Axioms (1778)p. 120
New hypothesis on the evangelists as merely human historians (1778)p. 148
Necessary answer to a very unnecessary question of Herr Hauptpastor Goeze of Hamburg (1778)p. 172
The religion of Christ (1780)p. 178
That more than five senses are possible for human beings (c. 1780)p. 180
Ernst and Falk: dialogues for Freemasons (1778-80)p. 184
The education of the human race (1777-80)p. 217
[Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, Recollections of conversations with Lessing in July and August 1780 (1785)]p. 241
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ISBN: 9780521831208
ISBN-10: 0521831202
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 21st March 2005
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.05 x 14.22  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.43

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